Journalist of the Year Award from the Newswomen’s Club

I’ve received the 2014 Front Page Award for Newswoman of the Year from the Newswomen’s Club in New York. Also honored by the Newswomen’s Club is my ProPublica colleague Megan McCloskey, who was recognized for in-depth reporting. The awards will be presented on Nov. 13 in New York City; read the press release here.

Dragnet Nation Shortlisted for Financial Times Award

Dragnet Nation is one of six books on the shortlist for the Financial Times’s Business Book of the Year Award. Other books in the running are Thomas Piketty’s Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century; The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee; Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull; Hack Attack by Nick Davies; and House of Debt by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 11. Till then, follow updates on Twitter @bbya14.

Dragnet Nation in Running for FT’s ‘Business Book of the Year’

Dragnet Nation is among the 16 books in contention to be named “Business Book of the Year” by the Financial Times. Other titles in the running are Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century and Nick Davies’s Hack Attack. (See the longlist here.) FT will narrow the list to up to 6 finalists on Sept. 24, and announce the £30,000 prize-winner on Nov. 11.

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Upcoming Talks and Events

Oct. 17: I’m delivering a keynote at the Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York.

Oct. 24: I’ll be speaking at the Web Privacy and Transparency Conference at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

Oct. 25: I’ll be on a panel at the 2014 Computation + Journalism Symposium at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York.

Nov. 18: I’m giving a lecture titled “Is Privacy Becoming a Luxury Good?” at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

Read about past events below.

Privacy Panel at the Aspen Ideas Festiaval

I joined FTC Commissioner Julie Brill and Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO to talk about privacy, tracking, and due process:

See more clips from the panel discussion here.

PBS: What Do Data Brokers Really Know?

While at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO, I sat down with PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what kinds of information data brokers gather about us, how they use it, and what we can do about it. Read a transcript of our conversation, or watch the video below.

Frontline’s “United States of Secrets”

I appeared on PBS Frontline’s two-part series on privacy and mass surveillance in the U.S.  You can watch me on part two of the program, which aired on May 20, 2014. (Part one aired May 13.) Or, read transcripts from both segments.

I also joined Frontline’s Sarah Childress and Hanni Fakhoury, a senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, for a roundtable discussion on how to protect yourself and your data online:

Appearance on ABC’s “This Week”

I appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani to discuss how indiscriminate surveillance both on- and offline is creating a world where it will be impossible not to be found.

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Interview with Net Wars/Out of CTRL

I spoke with Jasmin Loerchner of Net Wars/Out of CTRL, a multimedia documentary project about cyber crime. I discussed how criminals make use of their victims’ personal data on the Web, whether I support an “Internet of Things,” and more. Read an excerpt below, or the full interview here.

When did you decide to write “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance”? What drove you into your experiment?

For three years, I led a team of investigative reporters who researched privacy issues. During that time, I started to feel that the continuing revelations about how much personal data was being tracked was making people feel hopeless about privacy. So I decided investigate whether I could control my personal data: I sometimes call it an investigation into whether there is any hope for privacy.

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